Seed Exchange

Seed Exchange

Calling all seed lovers! Asian Arts Initiative cordially invites you to come swap seeds and share their stories at this Seed Exchange. 

The Seed Exchange will be for anyone to bring seeds to swap, while hearing the stories of why these seeds are so meaningful. We will be documenting Black and Asian seed stories, highlighting and emphasizing the beauty and importance of Black and Asian agrarian solidarity. The event will be a collaboration between TrueLove Seeds, Chronicling Resistance Fellowship by the Free Library, Bahay215, and Land Based Jawns. Please bring your seeds and stories! 

The Organizers have asked attendees to please complete this event survey.

About the Organizers

Truelove Seeds is a farm-based seed company offering culturally important and open pollinated vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. Our seeds are grown by more than 50 small-scale urban and rural farmers committed to community food sovereignty, cultural preservation, and sustainable agriculture.

Chronicling Resistance is an archival and exhibitions project, fellowship program, and collaboration among the Fellows, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL).

Bahay 215 is Nicky Uy and Omar Buenaventura, a filipinx couple cooking food, gardening, and sharing stories.

Land Based Jawns is an organization rooted in Spirit and ancestral spiritual practices. They provide education and training to Black women, femme, and non-binary people, on agriculture, land based living, safety, and carpentry. They do so with a focus on self and community healing. Much of their work and training is guided by the skills and lessons highlighted throughout the Parable of the Sower series by Octavia Butler. 

*In-person attendance requires proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) w/ photo ID or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event. Face masks will be required for all attendees, regardless of vaccination/test status. 
**Due to the unpredictable cases of COVID-19 and its variants, some programs this season may shift to virtual-only.